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Stephen Benkovic Awarded the 2011 National Academy of Sciences Award in Chemical Sciences
Stephen Benkovic Awarded the 2011 National Academy of Sciences Award in Chemical Sciences 25 January 2011Stephen J. Benkovic, an Evan Pugh Professor of Chemistry and Holder of the Eberly Family Chair in Chemistry at Penn State, has been awarded the 2011 National Academy of Sciences Award in Chemical Sciences. He was chosen to receive the award for his groundbreaking contributions to understanding catalysis and complex biological machines -- the purinosome and DNA polymerases -- and for demonstrating the power of chemistry to solve biological problems. Supported by the Merck Company Foundation with a monetary prize, the award honors innovative research in the chemical sciences that contributes to a better understanding of the natural sciences and to the benefit of humanity.
Wen Ching Li Awarded the 2010 Chern Prize in Mathematics
Wen Ching Li Awarded the 2010 Chern Prize in Mathematics 20 January 2011Wen Ching (Winnie) Li, a professor of mathematics at Penn State University, has been awarded the 2010 Chern Prize in Mathematics by the International Congress of Chinese Mathematicians for her outstanding contributions to the field. Established in 2001 in honor of Professor Shing-Shen Chern, one of the greatest geometers and Chinese mathematicians of the twentieth century, the Chern Prize in Mathematics is presented every three years to mathematicians of Chinese descent who have made exceptional contributions to mathematical research or to public service activities in support of mathematics.
Largest Color Image of the Sky Ever Made is Released by Team that Includes Penn State Astronomers
Largest Color Image of the Sky Ever Made is Released by Team that Includes Penn State Astronomers 12 January 2011The largest digital color image of the sky ever made is being released this week by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey-III (SDSS-III). The image has been put together over the past decade from millions of 2.8-megapixel images captured by the telescopes of the SDSS collaboration, creating a color image of more than a trillion pixels that is the most comprehensive view of the night sky ever made. This terapixel image, which is freely available to everyone, is so big and detailed that 500,000 high-definition TVs would be needed to view it at its full resolution.
"The Quantum Monte Carlo Symposium" Held in James Anderson's Honor
"The Quantum Monte Carlo Symposium" Held in James Anderson's Honor 12 January 201112 January 2011 -- James Anderson, Evan Pugh Professor of Chemistry and Physics at Penn State University, has been honored with an international conference -- The Quantum Monte Carlo Symposium -- in recognition of his many contributions to the fields of chemistry and physics. The symposium is part of Pacifichem 2010 -- a series of conferences organized by the International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies. The series was held in Honolulu, Hawaii, in December 2010.
Penn State Participates in the Release of The Largest Color Image of the Sky Ever Made
Penn State Participates in the Release of The Largest Color Image of the Sky Ever Made 11 January 2011Today, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey-III (SDSS-III) is releasing the largestdigital color image of the sky ever made, and it is free to all. The image has been put together over the last decade from millions of 2.8-megapixel images, thus creating a color image of more than a trillion pixels. This terapixel image is so big and detailed that one would need 500,000 high-definition TVs to view it at its full resolution.
Six College of Science Faculty Members Named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
Six College of Science Faculty Members Named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science 10 January 2011Six faculty members from Penn State's Eberly College of Science have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The Fellows are Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology J. Martin Bollinger, Jr., Ernest C. Pollard Professor of Biotechnology and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Donald A. Bryant, Evan Pugh Professor of Life Sciences and the Verne M. Willaman Chair in Life Sciences Nina Fedoroff, Distinguished Professor of Biology Hong Ma, Professor of Statistics James L. Rosenberger, and Evan Pugh Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics Alexander Wolszczan.
"Epidemic: Infectious Disease on a Changing Planet" is Focus of 2011 Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science (100 Thomas Building, from 22 January 2011 11:00 AM to 26 February 2011 12:30 PM)
07 January 2011"Epidemic: Infectious Disease on a Changing Planet" is the focus of the 2011 Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science, which begins on 22 January 2011. This series of six public lectures on consecutive Saturday mornings is designed as a free minicourse for the general public. The lectures take place from 11:00 a.m. to about 12:30 p.m. in 100 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park campus. No registration is required.
"Epidemic: Infectious Disease on a Changing Planet" is Focus of 2011 Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science
"Epidemic: Infectious Disease on a Changing Planet" is Focus of 2011 Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science 07 January 2011"Epidemic: Infectious Disease on a Changing Planet" is the theme of the 2011 Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science, which begins on 22 February 2011. This series of six public lectures on consecutive Saturday mornings is designed as a free minicourse for the general public. The lectures take place from 11:00 a.m. to about 12:30 p.m. in 100 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park campus. No registration is required.
Penn State Science is Among the Best in the United States, National Research Council Study Shows
Penn State Science is Among the Best in the United States, National Research Council Study Shows 07 January 2011Research and education programs in the basic sciences at Penn State are among the top programs in the United States, according to a comprehensive new National Research Council study titled "A Data-Based Assessment of Research-Doctorate Programs in the United States."
At South Pole, World's Most Extreme Scientific Construction Project
At South Pole, World's Most Extreme Scientific Construction Project 05 January 2011IceCube, the world's largest observatory ever built to detect the elusive sub-atomic particles called neutrinos, has just been completed in the crystal clear ice at the South Pole. Trillions of neutrinos stream through the human body at any given moment, but they rarely interact with regular matter, and researchers want to know more about them. The observatory provides an innovative means to investigate the sources and properties of neutrinos, which originate in some of the most spectacular phenomena in the universe.
C.R. Rao Receives the Royal Statistical Society's Guy Medal Award in Gold
C.R. Rao Receives the Royal Statistical Society's Guy Medal Award in Gold 05 January 2011Penn State's C.R. Rao, Emeritus Holder of the Eberly Family Chair in Statistics and one of the world's top statisticians, has been honored with the Royal Statistical Society's Guy Medal Award in Gold for his fundamental and innovative contributions to statistical theory and methodology. The Medal, which will be awarded at a ceremony on 29 June 2011, is the highest award given to a statistician by the United Kingdom.
Undergraduate Researcher Watches Baby Galaxies Grow Up
Undergraduate Researcher Watches Baby Galaxies Grow Up 03 January 2011The Milky Way Galaxy's majestic spiral spans 100,000 light years and holds about 300 billion stars. But it hasn't always looked this way. According to one theory, the galaxy we call home had humble beginnings, forming from the collisions of hundreds of "baby" galaxies, each little more than a lump of gas.
Science Alum Bruce Wellman Receives the 2009 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
Science Alum Bruce Wellman Receives the 2009 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching 03 November 2010Bruce Wellman, an alumnus of Penn State University ('91 B.S. Science), has been selected by President Obama to receive the prestigious 2009 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The annual award, one of the nation's highest honors for teachers, is given to the best pre-college-level science and mathematics teachers from across the country.

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